What are the medical marijuana laws in the city?
After Prop 215 there was a hope among patients to use the medical marijuana for treatment. This is considered as the side effect free medicine and alternative to the opiate. The cities and counties banned the medical marijuana partially for several reasons. Most cities banned MMJ dispensaries and outdoor cultivation which they termed as to prevent from growing crimes in the city.
In 2003, the city council passed an ordinance which allowed medical patients to possess the medical marijuana. This was until 2010 when the city passed a moratorium and banned the medical marijuana dispensaries in the city as most of the Bay Cities also did the same. Though the reasons remained unknown for such hard step, but according to the media reports, this was because of the increasing crime rate in the city.
It was only after the Prop 64 was passed, the city council decided to lift every type of ban on marijuana. In 2016 Measure EE was passed. Under this act, the city could tax 15% of the marijuana businesses in the city. In 2017 the city council again passed another ordinance which changed the history of medical marijuana in the city of Hayward.
On September 2017, the planning commission held a hearing and discussed the regulations for the cannabis businesses in the city. On October 30th, the city council finally approved the final version of the cannabis ordinance and removed Hayward from the dark ages of complete prohibition.
- Here are the current marijuana laws in the city:
- Medicinal and recreational commercial businesses are allowed.
- Cannabis commercial cultivation under 5,000 square feet needs an administrative permit.
- Outdoor cultivation is prohibited.
- The number of dispensaries will be only three.
- On-site consumption is prohibited except in some cases for qualified medical patients.
- All cannabis business shall be subject a 600-foot setback from schools, day care centers, youth centers, and parks.